Wil­lian says he will stay

Star’s su­perb goal res­cues Chelsea

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LON­DON – Wil­lian in­sisted he had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing Chelsea af­ter his su­perb goal sealed a 2-1 win at home to New­cas­tle on Satur­day. New­cas­tle, threat­ened with rel­e­ga­tion, had seen Ciaran Clark score a sur­prise equaliser be­fore half-time af­ter an early goal from Pe­dro put Chelsea ahead at Stam­ford Bridge.

But with the Mag­pies mak­ing life tough for their hosts, Wil­lian’s bril­liant curl­ing shot in the 57th minute se­cured all three points for the Blues.

It was just his fifth goal of the sea­son and first in the league since Oc­to­ber but Wil­lian told BT Sport: “I think it’s al­ways dif­fi­cult in the Premier League.

“We have to be more clin­i­cal... I scored a good goal. I found space and put the ball ex­actly where I wanted.”

Wil­lian has been re­peat­edly linked with a move away from Chelsea but he was adamant he wanted to stay at the west Lon­don club.

“My fu­ture is here at Chelsea, I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about,” he said. Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri was equally keen for Wil­lian to re­main a mem­ber of his squad, es­pe­cially as he is de­ploy­ing Eden Haz­ard as a striker.

“You know very well that Wil­lian for us is a very im­por­tant player,” Sarri told re­porters. “In my opin­ion, Wil­lian has to stay with us. “With Eden play­ing as a striker we need wingers. In this mo­ment he is a fun­da­men­tal player.”

Vic­tory saw fourth-placed Chelsea open up a six-point lead over Lon­don ri­vals Arse­nal in the race for a place in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League. – AFP

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Wil­lian of Chelsea cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against New­cas­tle United on Satur­day.

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